Counting Blessings by Mary Simonsen
Happy New Year!
Sharon Lathan, one of our fearless leaders, does all the scheduling for Austen Authors. In addition to scheduling monthly posts for twenty-one writers, there are also book launches and the various blog anniversaries to set up. Trust me. It’s a lot of work. Usually, the date I get is the date I get, and it always works out. But I was particularly pleased when I found that my post was scheduled for my granddaughter’s ninth birthday.
Prior to the arrival of my two-year old grandson, Kaelyn was my only grandchild. I was there when she was born. She lived with me until she was a year old. Meg, Kaelyn, and I drove to Texas from Arizona to visit my sisters when she was just a toddler so that we could show her off to the family. My husband and I took her to Disneyland, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, and a safari park. We helped her build her first snowman, which is an experience for a child living in the desert part of Arizona. When I threw a snowball at her, she put her hands on her hips and told me, “Grandma, That was rude!” She spends half her summer in our pool. Kaelyn and Skyler are my heart’s delight.
The end of one year and the start of another is the perfect time to count one’s blessings, and so here are mine: My husband Paul, who keeps the heart rate up even after 36 years of marriage, my daughters Meg and Kate, two delightful girls who became caring women, my son-in-law Brian, who loves Meg and their children and is terrific to his in-laws, my four surviving sisters, who are rock solid, and always there when I need them, my church, my friends, my internet friends, and my readers. Thanks for the memories. I look forward to more. Happy New Year!
What are your blessings? I hope you will share.
Now for a little business:
Sourcebooks has been having a promotion called the “Twelve Days After Christmas” in which eBook titles go on sale for one day only for .99. Today is the tenth day. We are not supposed to reveal anything about the promo until the day scheduled. However, I will tell you that eleven (as in the Eleventh Day of Christmas) is my lucky number, and that tomorrow, I’ll be checking my sales stats for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. Sharon, Abigail, among others, are also Sourcebooks authors, so check the Austen Authors Facebook page for more information. I hope I don’t get called into the office.
Today is the last day of the “Fill up your Kindle/Nook” sale. Lots of wonderful titles from six Austen Authors. Check out the list here.
I have posted two parodies on The Writer’s Block. Because nothing is out of bounds, I really, really enjoy writing parodies. So if you are in need of a laugh, I hope you will read Anne Elliot, A New Beginning and Elinor and Edward’s Plans for Lucy Steele. Lots of good stuff on the site from many of your favorite Austen Authors. There is a tab for The Writer’s Block at the top of the page.